Seasonal Job Opportunities

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Egan Maritime Institute and its Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum seek to fill several full and part-time summer jobs for the 2024 season. We are looking for qualified candidates who will work with museum professionals in various activities. As the oldest museum in America dedicated to honoring lifesavers, we offer an opportunity to work at one of the island's most scenic sites with an enthusiastic staff dedicated to telling the stories of Nantucket's heroes.

We offer competitive hourly wages, and housing may be available for suitable candidates who can commit full-time during the summer.

Nantucket Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum Retail and Front Desk Coordinator

The Retail and Front Desk Coordinator is a full-time position at the Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum from May to October. The coordinator greets visitors, orients them to visit options, and collects admission fees. In addition, the retail coordinator is responsible for the daily operation of the gift shop, including pricing, stocking, and merchandising. The Retail and Front Desk Coordinator will create an overall image and retail styling of the Museum’s gift shop, ensuring an efficient and welcoming environment for a successful and profitable operation.


  • Principal responsibilities will be conducted while at the front desk.
  • Opening and closing the cash drawer whenever on duty. This task will require competence in using Altru, the database, and the POS system.
  • Keeping the gift shop organized and fully stocked—organizing inventory, maintaining proper records in Altru and running sales reports.
  • Welcoming visitors and members and checking them in using Altru.
  • Answering the main phone line.
  • Assuring that the front area of the museum is clean and presents a welcoming appearance.


  • Represent the public face of the Egan Maritime Institute. Work efficiently, professionally, and courteously with a wide range of visitors.
  • Be able to communicate and conduct yourself in a friendly and hospitable manner at all times.
  • Be able to work alone, be organized, and have self-discipline.
  • Work in professional collaboration with various members of the Egan staff.
  • Maintain a professional standard in appearance, work surroundings, materials produced, and work accomplished.

Supervision & Scheduling:This position reports to the Museum Director.

  • The normal workday is 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM.
  • If there are occasions when evening work is required, it will be scheduled by mutual agreement.

How to Apply / Contact

Please send a resume and cover letter to Carlisle Jensen, Executive Director:

EMI is an equal-opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EMI is committed to building a diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from minority candidates.

Housing is available.

Education & Tall Ship Lynx Intern

Egan Maritime Institute seeks to hire an Education and Public Programs Intern. This position will report to the Education and Public Programs Director and will work primarily at the Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum grounds and aboard Tall Ship Lynx.

Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum

Under the supervision of the Director of Education and Public Programs and working with the museum staff, lead daily family activities at the Nantucket Shipwreck and Life Saving Museum, Monday-Friday for July and August. Specific duties include:

  • Led maritime-focused, hands-on lessons, set up/took down activities, and kept materials clean, in order, and fully stocked.
  • Assist with Maritime-focused public programs at the museum.

Tall Ship Lynx

Under the supervision of the Director of Education and Public Programs, work as an educational instructor and public programs liaison for our Tall Ship Lynx summer sail events. Specific duties include:

  • Work alongside a lead educator and ship’s crew on sails in July and August. These sails are geared toward children aged 11-14 and focus on seamanship, team building, and leadership.
  • Work in a supporting role in public-facing sunset sails. Primary duties on these trips include logistical support for manifest/launch coordination, helping with materials and supplies, and general support for the sailing crew and Egan Maritime staff.

Capstone Project: Once hired, the employee will be asked to complete a capstone project by applying their experience in this position to create their program outline for future lessons at the Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum and aboard Tall Ship Lynx.


- We seek an individual with a background in education, public history, museum education, or related field.

- Preferred candidates will have experience working with primary-aged children and families, have great communication skills, and possess experience in project-based learning.

- Preferred candidates will possess excellent organizational and communication skills, experience teaching students in a fast-paced outdoor environment, and assist in marketing and promotion for Tall Ship Lynx.

- On-the-water and sailing experience is a plus.

How to Apply / Contact: If you are interested in the position described below, please send your resume to If you have questions, you may call Evan Schwanfelder at 508-228-2505